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Guest lecturer Márta Bonifert held a presentation about Global Warming in Professor Katalin Tardos’ Sustainability, CSR, and Current Management Issues class.

Márta Bonifert is a dedicated environmentalist. She is a biologist by her training, she also earned a masters in business administration from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on strategy and human resources. She also holds a degree in management from the International Management Center of Central European University (CEU), and earned a bachelor of science in psychology/biology from the University of Kuwait.

She is also a trained presenter of The Climate Reality Project , founded by former US vice president Al Gore. This is a campaign and educational project to spread knowledge in order to protect the environment. There is only one condition to participate in the training, those who learnt should pass the knowledge and give free-of-charge presentations themselves. This is exactly what Marta Bonifert did. The Climate Project was founded in 2006 and was supported by Gore's profits from the documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth.

The talk focused on the harmful effects of climate change and was illustrated with a lot of images that made us face the catastrophes of recent years. Here are some of the frightening facts:

  • CO2 is being released into the atmosphere faster than at any time in at least the last 66 million years.
  • The energy trapped by man-made global warming pollution is now equivalent to exploding 400.000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day 365 days per year.
  • Global surface temperature is increasing.
  • Temperature of the ocean is warming.
  • The hottest year ever measured was 2016.
  • Climate change affects food supply.
  • Climate change will likely lead to food and water shortage, pandemic diseases.
  • Climate change will influence the refugee crisis making it worst.

So what can be done? Solution examples were introduced during the presentation (renewable energy) to global political commitment (UNFCCC COP 21 Paris Agreement).

Photo of Earth from Apollo 17, taken as the crew was traveling toward the moon, December 7, 1972

The students came up with several problems, questions referring to companies and countries suffering from global warming but did not necessarily see it clear how things could be changed. Or how fast is fast enough for making a change? Whether their generation would see this change? Marta Bonifert answered as a true optimist, promoting economic, technological and political solutions, trusting in good practice, responsible companies, investors, and individuals.

BSc in Management